MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Sebnem Gumuscu, assistant professor of political science, has received a travel research engagement grant from the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), a program based at George Washington University.

The grant supports research in Turkey this summer for a project titled “Islamists between Democracy and Authoritarianism: Comparing Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia.” The goal of this project is to understand Islamist parties’ trajectories from opposition to power with particular attention to their relationship with democracy in three countries of critical importance in the Middle East and North Africa.

Gumuscu’s field research will lend itself to a book manuscript on the evolution of political Islam in these countries.